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Had Alexander Polli's timing been off even slightly he surely would have died, smashing into a rock wall at horrifying speeds.

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You’ve heard of extreme sports thrill-seekers who leap from vertiginous heights wearing bird-like wingsuits, then plunge to earth at literally breakneck speeds? Someone just did that and managed to steer through a tiny hole in an enormous rock face located in Montserrat, Spain, traveling at more than 150 m.p.h.

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Had Italian/Norwegian BASE-jumper Alexander Polli’s timing been off even slightly, he surely would have died, smashing into the solid rock surrounding the cave-like gap at horrifying speeds. Needless to say, you don’t do something like this on a whim: In the two-minute video above you’ll see Polli preparing by test-flying directly through (and smashing to pieces) signs reading “2013″ to essentially prove (and no doubt hone) his ability to follow carefully plotted trajectories and strike precise targets.

After reviewing the shape of the cave itself (more or less triangular), Polli hops in a helicopter and climbs high above his target before stepping out and plummeting, then extending his arms like a flying squirrel. Then the truly terrifying sequence: from a camera presumably embedded in Polli’s helmet, you see the rock wall in the distance getting closer but the gap never really getting bigger. It’s hard to imagine what must have been going through Polli’s head in that final second or two, approaching his life or death moment.

But then he’s through, amazingly, streaking just above a splash of gravel and scrub, a plume of white issuing from behind him like a jet contrail.

Okay, so the cut between Polli leaping from a cliff and a screeching hawk at the beginning is a little corny, but then anyone willing to attempt something as completely nuts as this deserves all the narrative leeway in the world.

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2 comments
CrossWinds
CrossWinds

Absolutely Amazing.........

.......Philippians 3:13-14...........

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus..

JerryGreenberg
JerryGreenberg

In relation to his speed, there is not much room for error!  If he was just slightly off on his approach he would have been splattered like a fly on the windscreen at highway speeds!  

I have much safer ways of having thrills...